A Canadian friend asked me how Matthew 24:4 applies in our day.
“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and miracles, and in this manner to deceive if it was possible even the elect.”Jesus Christ: Matthew 24:4
This is the essence of my reply to him today.
Jesus taught His disciples about these false Christs and John points to many antichrists in his own day and “the antichrist” who was yet future in his day 1Jn 2:18. Paul refers to “another Jesus” 2Cor 11:4 and “false apostles” 2Cor 11:13 and he used the term “man of sin” 2Th 2:3 instead of “the antichrist”.
False religious leaders have often claimed to have magical powers but the elect could not be deceived by false religion but only by counterfeit Christianity.
Such magic powers and miracles are pre-eminently true of Roman Catholicism where the Roman Catholic priest pretends to change bread and wine into “the body, blood, soul and divinity” of Jesus Christ and then elevates his wafer, saying to his on-lookers, Behold the Lamb of God, and these Roman Catholic worshippers are expected to worship this piece of bread as Jesus Christ and as God. Faithful Roman Catholics look upon their priests as effectively Christ on earth, and especially the Roman Catholic pope in Rome, who styles himself Christ’s Vicar on Earth and allows himself to be called holy father – compare Jn 17:11 and Mat 23:9.
When God’s elect understand what is meant by the Roman Catholic mass, they will not believe it but if they do not understand it, they could be deceived by the Christian terminology. This continues to the present day.